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John Kriesel signed copies of his book "Still Standing" after the EDC banquet. Getting her copy autographed is Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce President Kim Heinemann.

Kriesel gives powerful testimony at EDC banquet

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John Kriesel, one of Minnesota's best-known veterans and former Minnesota House representative, was the keynote speaker at the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation Awards Banquet Thursday at R&D Banquet Hall in New Richmond.

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A double leg amputee with prosthetic legs, Kriesel now lives in Cottage Grove, Minn., and said he considers himself to be lucky.

"I got a second chance," Kriesel said. "Don't feel sorry for me."

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